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King for a Day

by Rukhsana Khan
Illustrated by Christiane Kr鰉er

Published by Lee & Low, 2014
32 pages
ISBN: 978𢴔00606595

Ages 5-8

From his rooftop perch, Malik is perfectly positioned to participate in the kite-flying battles that are part of Basant, the celebration of spring. This year, he has great confidence in the small kite he抯 made and given the name Falcon. The boy next door, a bully whom Malik never names, has a huge kite Malik calls Goliath. It抯 one of the first ones Malik and Falcon cut down, but far from the last as he battles dozens of colorful kites in the sky. By day抯 end, Malik is basking in victory and surrounded by a bounty of kites. So when the bully steals the kite of a small girl on the street far below, Malik tosses his first conquest down to her: Goliath. A wonderfully told story set in Lahore, Pakistan, is set against dynamic mixed-media collage illustrations and followed by an informative author抯 note telling more about Basant and the kite battles. The illustrations show that Malik and his family are Muslim; and that Malik uses a wheelchair.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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